The Painkiller Cocktail

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I am kind of a sucker for cocktails that come with a warning. So, Ahem.

Warning: THIS ONE IS CRAZY (in a good way). But– Beware. It’s a drink that goes down a little tooooooo smoothly. It’s sweet, TROPICAL and totally refreshing but all of a sudden, it sneaks up on you!

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The first time I had one was at a fabulous Tiki Bar called Forbidden Island in Alameda. We ended the night with a gigantic shared drink that was lit on fire…surrounded by 4 straws… The painkiller was just a drop in the bucket that night. That night ended in Taco Bell…7 layer burritos and nachos bell grande, OMG.

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The second time I had a painkiller, I was hanging out with the same friends in Carmel and we made a batch to reminisce over that crazy tiki bar night. What I remember  from our Carmel night is that three of the four of us were laying on the floor after drinking them feeling numb and saying, “OMG!!! IT REALLY IS LIKE A PAINKILLER!”  There’s just something wild about the combination of rum, pineapple juice, orange juice,  coconut cream and nutmeg. Painkiller is the perfect way to describe it. Who needs a chiropractor when you can have a cocktail?

And we’re off!

I realized that my blog is very tropical this week with this drink & my Tangerine Sherbet!

The reason? I was just looking at one of my weeks from last year….in MEXICO. Sigh. Mama needs a tropical vacation!

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Everything except the nutmeg goes into a cocktail shaker!

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Mix it up!!! The color is almost like milky iced coffee.

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Top with extra ice. Grate fresh nutmeg on top.

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Add in your cocktail umbrella and a slice of lime and you’re one step closer….

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To feeling no pain!

The Painkiller Cocktail

makes 1 drink

recipe from Wiki How

  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 4 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. sweetened coconut cream (I used Coco Lopez)
  • 5 ice cubes
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • slice of lime, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut cream and 3 ice cubes. Shake for about 10 seconds and pour in a tall glass. Add additional ice cubes to the glass and top with freshly grated nutmeg. Garnish with slice of lime & a cocktail umbrella.

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  • berrie
    January 15, 2014

    huh I am confused…
    “Everything except the coconut cream goes into a cocktail shaker !” and then “In a cocktail shaker, combine rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut cream and 3 ice cubes. ”
    Guess I’ll just put everything in the shaker, eh, can’t wait to try it :)

    • Tracy
      January 15, 2014

      I am confused too!! why did I type coconut cream when I meant to type NUTMEG??!!

  • January 15, 2014

    Anytime a drink gets people to lay on the floor, it’s a good drink :) This is RIGHT up my alley.

    Reminds me kind of like a mai tai or a pina colada over ice rather than blended with a bunch of fake pina colada mix. I actually have everything in my fridge to make this right now. I will in about 2 hours!

  • January 15, 2014

    oh yeah, this is HAPPENING! (I was confused by the “everything but the coconut cream into the shaker” line too though)
    Dreaming of warmer days!

  • Beth
    January 15, 2014

    Half way through the week is always when I want to treat myself to a good cocktail after work, this looks perfect! TREAT YO SELF!!!

  • Hilary
    January 15, 2014

    Where does one find coconut cream??

    • Tracy
      January 15, 2014

      You can usually find it in a grocery store in the alcohol section. It comes in a can or they have a convenient squeeze tube.

      • Hilary
        January 20, 2014

        Thanks, Tracy!

  • January 15, 2014

    We have yet to hit that bar in Alameda. Friends who use to live near it told us to take a cab over on a weekend afternoon and have fun. Maybe we should plan a girls afternoon there!

    I am having the same dying for warm weather blues as I flip through Mexico pictures from last summer – give a tequila and beach anytime or in this case I’d like some rum!!

  • Jennifer
    January 15, 2014

    I finish my first round of exams for my Master’s degree tomorrow. I’ll be sure to have one (or four) of these for relief afterwards.

  • My favorite kind of cocktails are the kind that go down too easily. And there are definitely some nights I need one of these.

  • OMG! I was just in Florida with my family (hoping to get a warm break from cold NYC) and it was rainy and gray the whole time. But at least it was warm, so I just drank Painkillers by the hot tub the whole time. Hit the spot!

  • January 15, 2014

    Fancy rum cocktail drinks are my favorite! Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco makes a good pain killer.

    • Tracy
      January 15, 2014

      I’ve been meaning to check that place out!

  • Deanna
    January 15, 2014

    Yum! I had a friend in college who was from Puerto Rico and used to make these all the time! You might want to clarify it needs to be sweetened coconut cream…I saw coconut cream at Trader Joe’s the other day and it’s not sweetened at all. I don’t think it would make for a very tasty pain killer (but I will eat Coco Lopez with a spoon. As discovered in college).

    • Tracy
      January 15, 2014

      It’s definitely not Trader Joe’s coconut cream. I guess I thought that my suggestion of using Coco Lopez & the pictures would suggest that but I guess not!

      • Jenna
        January 15, 2014

        In Australia we have something called coconut cream but it’s more like a milk in consistency, I was thinking from your photo that it must be something different – is it quite solid? I don’t think we have the Coco Lopez brand over here but I’ll keep an eye out for sweetened cream of coconut & see if that’s the same thing.

      • Emily
        January 15, 2014

        Thanks for clearing up that the stuff at Trader Joe’s isn’t correct. I live in Utah, and the alcohol section at the grocery store is seriously lacking. After Googling this I saw Trader Joe’s had a version and thought I would try going there, but now I know better! This drink sounds delicious, so hopefully somewhere around here carries it.

        • Tracy
          January 15, 2014

          I really taking living in California for granted!! I forget that you can’t buy alcohol in some stores!

          • Emily
            January 21, 2014

            Turns out Coco Lopez is common enough even our teeny tiny mixer section had it! Thanks for the delicious recipe! It is a pain, though, having to go to a state liquor store to buy wine and liquor; the grocery stores only have beer. They’re closed on Sundays and holidays, too, so we have to plan ahead! :)

          • Tracy
            January 21, 2014

            Wahoo!! I actually found it in squeeze bottle form. Which means I don’t have a whole can to deal with.

  • Lorin
    January 15, 2014

    I love Forbidden Island! It’s been ages (& at least one kid) since I’ve been. The downside to their drinks is how much sugar they contain – even when I get virgin drinks, I still get headache afterwards, just from all the sugar. It’s easy to overindulge – those yummy tropical drinks go down so easy!

  • January 15, 2014

    I definitely need to keep this in mind for a tropical fruit kick in the middle of winter! I especially love the fresh grated nutmeg garnish. Maybe I should actually go get a nutmeg or two one of these days…

  • allie
    January 15, 2014

    Holy crap. I just found your blog for the first time (Smitten Kitchen did a facebook Q&A today and mentioned you as one of her must-check blogs). YOU ARE AMAZING and lead a charmed life! Your house and shoes are perfect, your “everyday life” posts blow my mind and make me wish I didn’t live in the dreary suburbs… but still inspire me to find and snap the pretty little things in life. Oh man.

  • Kristen
    January 15, 2014

    This is a great cocktail. Whenever my husband and I make them we also make the “mocktail” version for our kids and have a big old family tiki party–everything but the rum for them. They love Painkillers too! Who wouldn’t??!!

  • January 15, 2014

    I was worried about that almost full bottle of dark rum laying around from my eggnog making days in December! I’m not longer worried because the rest of winter is going to be pain-free!

  • January 15, 2014

    I could go for a painkiller right about now. Is it too early?

  • January 15, 2014

    Reason alone to develop a drinking problem. I’m a sucker for a tropical cocktail

  • Laura
    January 15, 2014

    I feel like maybe you just saved my Wednesday.

  • January 15, 2014

    So in other words I should try drinking this one while I’m in labor? ;) (I kid, I kid!) This looks seriously delicious.

  • Kaye L
    January 15, 2014

    Heading to the British Virgin Islands next week and going to the Soggy Dollar Bar which is made these famous! Can not wait!

  • January 15, 2014

    Um woah. Yes please

  • Stacey
    January 16, 2014

    There’s a chain restaurant here (Cheddar’s) that serves Painkillers with a toasted coconut rim and oh. my. gah. They make a big deal about limiting you to 2 because they’re so strong. I’m super excited to have this recipe so I can make them myself!

    • Mary
      January 18, 2014

      OMG, Stacey, I was just thinking about the Cheddars’ Pain Killer! Too die for! It’s so big and delicious I can’t get past 1.5 glasses. I saw this post and was so excited, maybe I’ll add some toasted coconut to the rim when I make this bad boy at home.

  • Sandy
    January 16, 2014

    You guys just can’t read.

  • January 16, 2014

    I am going to need this soon. It’s a full moon tonight and my children are going crazy. Sigh. It looks amazing :)

  • January 17, 2014

    you’re a girl after my heart with this one!

  • January 17, 2014

    Sublime! What a way to take away the Mid-winter blues.

  • January 18, 2014

    Tropical drinks on fire are the best! I find that nights out at Tiki bars usually end with Taco Bell. Or Del Taco. Or it starts that way in anticipation of later on. A certain cocktail enthusiast on another HomeFries podcast can attest to this.

    Now I want one of these…

    • Tracy
      January 20, 2014

      HAHHAAHA. Bad/good food choices are always a consequence of bad/good drinking :)

  • Ashley
    January 30, 2014

    I found where you need to take your next vacation! The first place on this list serves you a painkiller cocktail at check in! :) http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/12-affordable-private-island-resorts

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